Cross-Game Chat Confirmed As A Plus-Exclusive Feature?
Update: It has been clarified that cross-game chat will NOT be a Plus-exclusive feature. In fact, we're still not sure if it's coming; stay tuned for any official details.
Sony made some big announcements during their E3 press conference, but perhaps the advent of a long-awaited feature for the PlayStation 3 escaped detection during the unveiling of gigantic news.
Cross-game chat is something PS3 owners have been pining for and although we've heard plenty of rumors and pseudo-confirmations over the past few months, this is the best information we have to date. We don't yet have an exact date for the enabling of cross-game chat but it might be available when Sony releases firmware update 3.40 and their new PlayStation Plus subscription plan. Examiner.com noticed the feature in question pop up in a European explanation of Plus:
"Cross-game Voice Chat: invite your friends to chat online no matter what game you're all playing, even if they aren't members of PlayStation Plus."
Now, the downside is that it appears to be attached to Plus, so you'll have to either drop the $50 for the annual subscription or the $18 for a three-month subscription if you wish to take advantage. Of course, there are plenty of other reasons to subscribe to Plus, as Sony outlined plenty of appealing details; early demos, exclusive DLC, and in general, preferential Network treatment. And there ain't nothin' wrong with being a PSN VIP.
6/15/2010 8:50:37 PM John Shepard